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MUS 311 Music History and Literature I: Research 101

Course guide for Dr. Werner's Music History and Literature class

Key Points - Developing Topics and Search Strategies

  • Scholarship is a conversation
    • ​Research questions must do more than simply answer a simple question (e.g. What is the capitol of Maine?) but rather, must contribute to a larger scholarly conversation which may not have settled on authoritative answers
  • ​Research as Inquiry
    • ​Scholarly research should be based on questions which, when answered, develop into further questions that can develop into new lines of inquiry in a given field
  • ​Searching as Exploration
    • Searching should not be a straightforward process - it may go the right direction at times, the wrong direction at others, loop back on itself, and more

Selecting a Topic

Video source: KStateLibraries


Choosing the Right Search Terms

video source: Seminole State Library

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